Shaft Locking Assemblies for Pulleys: Functions and PurposesOctober 9th, 2018
Different shaft locking solutions, each one designed to target alternative pulley shaft configurations, have been on the go for decades. There are keyed shaft couplers, which use a flattened section on cylindrical drive rods. These mechanisms have evolved somewhat. They now look like recessed slots, with accompanying “keys” locking their pulleys and drive components in … Continue reading Shaft Locking Assemblies for Pulleys: Functions and Purposes
How to Diagnose and Resolve Pulley Belt Tension ProblemsSeptember 24th, 2018
A loss of belt tension can be incredibly frustrating. A conveyor system skews, its contents shift, and the entire system is transformed from its normal optimised runnings into a chaotic mess. Pulley tensioners attend to this duty. They adjust on-the-fly, keep the belt stretched and flat, and ensure the payload sits where it was first … Continue reading How to Diagnose and Resolve Pulley Belt Tension Problems
Idlers for Belt Conveyors: The Importance of Durability TestingSeptember 10th, 2018
Before going any further, what are belt idlers? Granted, they support the belt, which, in turn, supports a moving load, but their capabilities don’t stop there, not just at supporting some random stream of moving merchandise. In addition to this key feature, belt idlers also shape the belt. They shape it, support it, and even … Continue reading Idlers for Belt Conveyors: The Importance of Durability Testing
Purposes and Functions of Rubber Lagging in Conveyor SystemsAugust 27th, 2018
For a fully capable, fully efficient conveyor system, we’ve learned to coat its pulleys in durable rubber lagging. Sure, the extra layer of rubber does imbue the equipment with impact-resisting strength, but that’s not the material’s key benefit. No, the two supple material bases have natural traction. One in contact with the other, the material-gripping … Continue reading Purposes and Functions of Rubber Lagging in Conveyor Systems
Stress and Finite Element Analysis in Conveyor PulleysAugust 14th, 2018
Conveyor belts may look like they’re doing all the work. In truth, though, it’s the pulleys that shoulder the load. They’re the workhorse system elements that support static items and dynamic loads. Ideally designed conveyor pulleys endure off-centre weights, transitory forces, and all manner of challenges. In order to incorporate such inherently serviceable design features, … Continue reading Stress and Finite Element Analysis in Conveyor Pulleys
How Conveyor Pulley Design Affects Overall Pulley PerformanceJuly 27th, 2018
Conveyor pulleys shape system performance. Otherwise stated, pulley performance has a direct effect on the entire equipment frame, which in turn impacts payload conveyance efficiency. It’s a tightly integrated parts assembly, this equipment, and that degree of on-board connectivity typically equals superior power-train functionality. However, if the pulleys aren’t pulling their weight, then losses will … Continue reading How Conveyor Pulley Design Affects Overall Pulley Performance
Major Elements and Parts of Conveyor PulleysJuly 9th, 2018
Conveyor pulleys are the cylindrical drums that support and move conveyor belts. They’re mechanical devices, but there’s more to their inner workings than that crudely outlined description. For starters, that outer shell isn’t just a hollow drum. No, although they’re designed to satisfy standardized dimensional guidelines, not all pulleys are generic, nor are they rudimentary … Continue reading Major Elements and Parts of Conveyor Pulleys
A Review about Different Pulley ComponentsJune 22nd, 2018
Functioning as essential parts of a well-oiled machine, pulley components keep conveyor systems working at their best. The closely arrayed cylinders support the belt and serve as drive interfaces. Let’s take that drivetrain and prime mover out of the equation for a moment. Left with the flexible transportation ribbon and a set of pulleys, what … Continue reading A Review about Different Pulley Components
A Closer Look at Gravity ConveyorsJune 11th, 2018
Conveyor systems are available in a number of operational configurations. To illustrate that point, consider non-powered conveyor systems. There’s no electrical drive unit engaging some cleverly integrated geartrain, no coupled motors and gears in evidence whatsoever. Known as gravity conveyors, these mechanisms use inclined decks to send their loads skating along a frictionless surface. Having … Continue reading A Closer Look at Gravity Conveyors
In-line Material Weight Effects on Conveyor Belt AccuracyMay 21st, 2018
If there’s one role that a conveyor system should be able to pull off, it’s the simple act of properly transferring its load. The linear belt drive maintains its flattened drive profile, transfers a line of products, and those commodities stay true, right in the middle of the conveyance ribbon. Nevertheless, even if the pulleys … Continue reading In-line Material Weight Effects on Conveyor Belt Accuracy
Conveyor Shaft Materials: Differences between Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, and Stainless SteelMay 10th, 2018
Conveyor shafts are tortured by heavy loading forces. Furthermore, the toughened steel shafts are expected to deal with harsh environmental conditions. Admittedly, the weather isn’t a problem in a packaging warehouse, but what about a mining installation or a quarry? No, there’s no middle ground here, no across-the-board alloy solution. On the contrary, our attention … Continue reading Conveyor Shaft Materials: Differences between Carbon Steel, Alloy Steel, and Stainless Steel
The Importance of Stress Analysis for Pulley Performance in Conveyor SystemsApril 28th, 2016
Important maintenance programs check conveyor systems to see if everything’s functioning properly. The belt moves forward in a smoothly linear fashion as it should, and every pulley performs optimally.
Conveyor Pulleys in the Food Manufacturing IndustryApril 14th, 2016
Food handling conveyor belt systems utilize a number of proprietary solutions. There are scrapers in place to clean waste. The actual belt is finished in chemically neutral plastics, stainless steel, and soft rubbers that are easy to clean. It’s a hygiene-oriented work line, but one that relies on well-regulated drive components, for these parts underlay … Continue reading Conveyor Pulleys in the Food Manufacturing Industry
Timing Belts and Conveyor Pulleys: How Do They Work Together?March 30th, 2016
Customers already identify conveyor belts as idealized linear transporters. What is perhaps not so well known is how multiple conveyor systems operate behind the scenes? They work as two or three tiered branching streams and use this multiplied form to convey luggage or split sorted streams of aggregate matter.
The Importance of Proper Bearing Assembly in Conveyor PulleysMarch 15th, 2016
Conveyor systems are unrecognized heroes. The long belts work all day and all through the night to move packages in mailing warehouses. They keep suitcases in line at international warehouses and work in the shadows to seamlessly drive everyday commodities from one place to another. In other words, they typically work behind the scenes, but … Continue reading The Importance of Proper Bearing Assembly in Conveyor Pulleys
The Importance of Conveyor Pulleys in the Mining IndustryFebruary 29th, 2016
Before beginning properly, imagine a conveyor belt that crosses sixty miles of desert. The Moroccan desert employs such a system (gizmode.com), an unending series of pulleys and belts that can almost be seen from space.
Uses and Applications of Conveyor System BeltsFebruary 15th, 2016
A handful of mechanisms earned paradigm-shifting places of prominence as the industrial revolution took flight. Among them, conveyor system belts provided the motive power for new production lines, pushing assembling automobiles and mass produced products through dirty factories. Quickly recognized as an invaluable aid for shifting anything to anywhere, canvas and leather bands found their … Continue reading Uses and Applications of Conveyor System Belts
Bearings in Conveyor PulleysJanuary 22nd, 2016
Every system relies on pivotal components, parts that carry a heavy responsibility. In the case of conveyor assemblies, pulleys merit this critical place of prominence, and, ensuring the drum and shaft rotate as they should, the bearings in conveyor pulleys regulate the radial characteristics of the drive system. In fact, on tracing this train of … Continue reading Bearings in Conveyor Pulleys
The Importance of Proper Sealing System in Conveyor PulleysJanuary 15th, 2016
Conveyor optimization is an intimidating topic, one that covers huge mechanical assemblies and a seemingly bewildering array of parts. The subassemblies of the system coalesce before professional eyes, fortunately, to show clearly defined functions.
The Importance of Preventive Maintenance in Conveyor PulleysDecember 14th, 2015
Keep conveyor belts moving by implementing a coordinated approach to system support, a mechanical upkeep strategy that extends the lifespan of your conveyor pulleys. Competent working practices take the form of a first-class preventative maintenance strategy, a standard means of periodically checking system components during a normal operational state, so as to instigate a powerful … Continue reading The Importance of Preventive Maintenance in Conveyor Pulleys
The Importance of Engineering and Dimensions in Conveyor PulleysDecember 2nd, 2015
A smoothly operating conveyor system is a thing of engineered beauty. Take away this fluid movement and you risk ending this harmonious arrangement. The chain of energy transmission becomes unstable. Uneven wear patterns develop. The conveyor pulleys suffer. Performance is compromised, and this distressing scene undermines the reliability of the equipment. Balance is lost, to … Continue reading The Importance of Engineering and Dimensions in Conveyor Pulleys
What is Lagging in Conveyor Pulleys and How Does It Work?November 16th, 2015
If you’re a heating engineer, then lagging is the insulating material that covers pipes and boilers. Alternatively, if you’re an engineer with pulley know-how and conveyor expertise, then the term describes a completely different component asset. It’s funny how a simple switch of professions can so alter the context of a single word. Anyway, when … Continue reading What is Lagging in Conveyor Pulleys and How Does It Work?
What Is An Idler Pulley?November 6th, 2015
An idler pulley is as important as any other component, in the grand order of things. It doesn’t generate energy or rotate parts, so it perhaps doesn’t belong in the same family as drive pulleys, but the part still possesses a pivotal role.
The Significance of Bearing Housings in Conveyor PulleysOctober 28th, 2015
Speed and load calculations define the theoretical limits of conveyor systems. Rollers use these figures, converting radial motion into belt-driven linear momentum. In an ideal world this efficient transfer of energy would drive pulleys, the roller would push the conveyor belt, and the system would mesh to effortlessly deliver heavy loads.